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1. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 10y

My favourite first line in a book is 'I am not Stiller' in Max Frisch's Stiller. It says everything about the character and the plot in this one sentence.
what are your favourites? 'Call me Ishmael'???

And where's that one from: 'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times'...

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

I read your thread title and was going to post that one! It's Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities. As opposed to Pythons' A Sale of Two Titties, of course.

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

My favourite:

To the as-yet-unborn, to all innocent wisps of unindifferentiated nothingness: Watch out for life.

4. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

Quoting tway

My favourite:

To the as-yet-unborn, to all innocent wisps of unindifferentiated nothingness: Watch out for life.

Deadeye Dick by Kurt Vonnegut

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1. There are certain themes of which the interest is all-absorbing, but which are too entirely horrible for the purposes of legitimate fiction.

2. Green dice rolled across the green table, struck the rim together and bounced back.

3. One of the few advantages that India has over England is a great Knowability.

5. Posted by grampsgirl (Budding Member 311 posts) 10y

This is definatly one of my favorites

-- This is a story about a man named Eddie and it begins at the end, with Eddie dying in the sun. It might seem strange to start a story with an ending. But all endings are also beginnings. We just dont know it at the time. --

ill let you figure out which book it is. its pretty easy

6. Posted by IronChef (Full Member 1076 posts) 10y

One I had just read the other night -

' The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as best I could; but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge.'

It can only get better from there.

7. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 10y

It was a dark and stormy night...

8. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 10y

Quoting Brendan

It was a dark and stormy night...

Hahahah! Thank you B! :)

9. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 10y

Once upon a time....

10. Posted by zanif (Full Member 113 posts) 10y

"All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."

- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy